Quarter-century

I celebrated my 25th birthday this week. I don’t think it’s sunk in completely though … I attempted to throw a mature dinner party, and ended up ungainly stuffing my face along with the people I hold dear, through strawberry tainted champagne. Mmm.

Homemade scones for breakfast. Strawberry jam and cream – the ultimate treat. I first had a strawberry-cream scone in Orillia at a fundraiser about 9 years ago. So good. I can only handle one though. They pack quite the punch. 
Tiered snacks, and mild moment with antique plates. I picked up this moss green plate the other day for €0.50 (Connemara earthenware). What a sucker.
Castleknock flowers. Including, of course, hydrangeas. 

Yummy shrimp, potato and basil salad I make on repeat, from my cookbook quick & easy healthy eating. It’s my favorite salad at the moment. To see the full delicious recipe, click to see more … 


Ingredients
12 – 16 new potatoes, cooked, cooled and diced
2 tablespoons basil leaves, torn into pieces
4 small radishes, sliced
1 scallion, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 cups peeled cooked shrimp, cold
salt and freshly-ground black pepper
A few lettuce leaves, to serve

Method
Boil the potatoes until tender, drain, and leave to cool. Place in a bowl with the basil, radishes, scallion, lime juice, and yogurt and mix well. Season to taste. Just before serving, gently mix in the shrimp. Arrange a few lettuce leaves on each plate and place the prawn salad on top. Serve immediately. And stuff your face.

Click here for a handy cooking calculator, should you prefer to measure in cups, mls, oz etc.

Tiny apartment transforms into 24 rooms

In Hong Kong, because of the lack of space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls.
Gary creates an interchangeable and intricate environment with such a small amount of space. Utilizing every square foot was priority. Although, realistically I think this space would only be suitable for one to two people. The more I think about it, the more I wonder things like: where is the toilet? If you have guests over, would they need to stand in the communal hallway so you can do your ‘business’? God forbid you need to do a number two during a dinner party.

Multi-functional morphing furniture

Check out this furniture video a friend showed me a couple of weeks ago. I don’t understand why all furniture isn’t made like this. It really does make you think the endless possibilities furniture could and should offer us.
The orange couch towards the end of this video blew my mind. I can only hope to work with and own some of this furniture one day.
Resource Furniture, based in New York City, supply the finest quality transformable furniture, modern wall beds and modern space saving furniture; manufactured by Clei in Italy, as well as Sellex in Spain. Clei also have an interested blog of their own. Click here to check it out.